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Nepal’s flood-hit farmers use boats to ferry vegetables

MAKWANPUR: The farmers of ward no.1 of Indrasarowar Municipality, Makawanpur have been compelled supply vegetables to the market using boats.
Due to the heavy rainfall, the roads have been damaged compelling the farmers to go on boats to supply the vegetables in the market. The crops planted by the farmers were swept away, buried and spoiled by the flood and landslide in the northern region of Makawanpur.
But some farmers of Markhu have been supplying the vegetables to the market through boats.
The vegetables grown across Markhu are brought on boats from the Indrasarowar Reservoir of Kulekhani to the market.
Ward chairman Jaman Singh Waiba informed that the farmers of Taumath, Bhirkhark, Thadokhola, Dalsinghpakha and Sanu Markhu of ward no.1 of Markhu area of Indrasarowar Municipality, supply the vegetables to the market via boat on a daily basis.
As the road has been damaged due to continuous heavy rainfall, the farmers have to pay expensive fares to use the boat. Carrying vegetables on the boats and supplying to the market has been going on for a week.
The vegetable that has been produced is intended to be exported to Markhu market and Kulekhani barracks. The vegetables like cauliflower and cabbage amounting to 10 tonnes are ferried through boats on a daily basis.
The boat operator charges eight hundred rupees for transporting vegetables.
Due to the lack of source and manpower to remove blockage, the farmers are compelled to use the boat to supply the vegetables to the market. Ward chairman Waiba said that efforts are being made to open the damaged road.
The vegetables that are produced in the Markhu area being supplied to markets of Kathmandu, Hetauda and Birganj.

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